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Project by rastapunkscramble posted 09-26-2018 09:52 PM 1066 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

so, this is my first attempt at building a guitar from scratch. a great learning experience and a lot of fun. now I’m working on a bass for my next project…

here’s the details on this one.

body: poplar with mahogany top and walnut/ birch stripes in the center.

neck: (center out) ipe, birch,mahogany, birch.

fretboard: rosewood with pearloid inlays

generic tune-o-matic bridge, les Paul wiring harness, and generic humbucker pickups (although I just got some Seymour Duncan’s for it and will change these out soon)





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DMiller

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 11:24 PM

Very Nice! Looks Great!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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mikeacg

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 01:13 AM

Beautiful job! How does it play?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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rastapunkscramble

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#3 posted 09-27-2018 01:39 AM

thanks guys. it plays well (to my surprise! ) it is a little on the heavy side, but not too bad. its comfortable to hold, and has a nice warm sound. all the notes work too!

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rastapunkscramble

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#4 posted 09-27-2018 02:34 AM

here’s some pics of the build

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mcoyfrog

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#5 posted 09-27-2018 02:31 PM

Beautiful!!! You did a amazing job, thanks for sharing. WOW

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 09-27-2018 02:44 PM

Outstanding, Hard to come up with an appropriate comment. I greatly admire anyone that is able to build and play a musical instrument.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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rastapunkscramble

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#7 posted 09-27-2018 06:47 PM

thank you guys!

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Chris Cook

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#8 posted 09-27-2018 09:17 PM

Very nice, I have been dabbling in the lutheir realm as well.

What did you use as finish?
What did you choose for tuners?

Good work, looks great!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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rastapunkscramble

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#9 posted 09-27-2018 09:35 PM

Chris, this finish on this is an oil based polyurethane (varathane)... the tuners are just some inexpensive no name tuners I picked up on Ebay. at the time of building it, I really only got cheap stuff because it was my first try. and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on what was really an experiment. now that I know it works, I can always upgrade the hardware later on down the line

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Chris Cook

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#10 posted 09-27-2018 09:51 PM

I understand, I have built electrics over the years but I just took a try at acoustics. I have built three dreadnought variants and plan to build 2 more in my experimental phase. If I think I am getting good, I am going to build some for some family member guitarists. I have built 2 pretty-okay dreadnoughts and 1 that sounds like a strung up bean bag. I was experimenting with how thick I could make a mahogany top and, whoops, I found out.

I have been using Tru oil as the finish, but I really need to try varathane. One thing I like about tru oil is that I could carve on the neck and then refinish it again.

I did the same with tuners, I used some very low-cost tuners with the plan to switch them out if I love the results.

Good work, it is fun!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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BB1

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#11 posted 09-28-2018 01:33 AM

Wow – looks great. Found the added pictures of the build very interesting. Did you track the hours invested?

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AJ1104

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#12 posted 09-28-2018 02:37 AM

Great looking guitar. Congratulations on your first and enjoy using it. The build pics look great. Thanks for sharing!

-- AJ

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rastapunkscramble

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#13 posted 09-28-2018 03:27 AM

bb1, thank you. I did not track the hours at all. it was just something that I worked on here and there over a few months (I think about 4 months or so). but that is really just a rough estimate and I only put in a few hours a week on it.

AJ, thanks. it plays and sounds really good. but I don’t really play guitar much. this was really built for my wife. she’s more of the guitarist. I just started a bass for myself tho! that’s definitely more my thing. working on a 5 string with a neck through design. hopefully in a couple months it’ll be ready

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Ken90712

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#14 posted 09-28-2018 09:14 AM

Well done, great work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Oni

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#15 posted 10-02-2018 05:31 AM

Looks great!The finish really made the mahogany pop! Where do you find templates for the guitar shape?

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